Becoming Kareem

Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,Raymond Obstfeld

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316555339

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

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The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with ""coaches"" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiring journey. Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.

Tall Tales and Short Shorts

Author: Adam J. Criblez

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442277688

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 324

View: 9872


In basketball, just as in American culture, the 1970s were imperfect. But it was a vitally important time in the development of the nation and of the National Basketball Association. During this decade Americans suffered through the war in Vietnam and Nixon’s Watergate cover-up (not to mention disco music and leisure suits) while the NBA weathered the arrival of free agency and charges that its players were “too black.” Despite this turmoil, or perhaps because of it, the NBA evolved into a cultural phenomenon. Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the Birth of the Modern NBA traces the evolution of the NBA from the retirement of Bill Russell in 1969 to the arrival of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson ten years later. Sandwiched between the youthful league of the sixties and its mature successor in the eighties, this book reveals the awkward teenage years of the NBA in the seventies. It examines the many controversies that plagued the league during this time, including illicit drug use, on-court violence, and escalating player salaries. Yet even as attendance dwindled and networks relegated playoff games to tape-delayed, late-night broadcasts, fans still pulled on floppy gray socks like “Pistol Pete” Maravich, emulated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sweeping skyhook, and grew out mushrooming afros à la “Dr. J” Julius Erving. The first book-length treatment of pro basketball in the 1970s, Tall Tales and Short Shorts brings to life the players, teams, and the league as a whole as they dealt with expansion, a merger with the ABA, and transitioning into a new era. Sport historians and basketball fans will enjoy this entertaining and enlightening survey of an often-overlooked time in the development of the NBA.

Mycroft and Sherlock

Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,Anna Waterhouse

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 1785659278

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 6421


The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes—now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office—has no interest in the killings; however his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft’s frustration. When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft’s best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain’s coffers. As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another’s assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...

42 Today

Author: Michael G. Long

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479805629

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5929


Explores Jackie Robinson’s compelling and complicated legacy Before the United States Supreme Court ruled against segregation in public schools, and before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackie Robinson walked onto the diamond on April 15, 1947, as first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making history as the first African American to integrate Major League Baseball in the twentieth century. Today a national icon, Robinson was a complicated man who navigated an even more complicated world that both celebrated and despised him. Many are familiar with Robinson as a baseball hero. Few, however, know of the inner turmoil that came with his historic status. Featuring piercing essays from a range of distinguished sportswriters, cultural critics, and scholars, this book explores Robinson’s perspectives and legacies on civil rights, sports, faith, youth, and nonviolence, while providing rare glimpses into the struggles and strength of one of the nation’s most athletically gifted and politically significant citizens. Featuring a foreword by celebrated directors and producers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, this volume recasts Jackie Robinson’s legacy and establishes how he set a precedent for future civil rights activism, from Black Lives Matter to Colin Kaepernick.

UCLA Basketball Encyclopedia

Author: Spencer Stueve

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1683583205

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 615

View: 5713


A complete history of a century of UCLA Basketball! Over the course of one hundred years, UCLA has proven to be arguably the top college basketball program of all time, but the rise to the top was filled with many bumps in the road. In UCLA Basketball Encyclopedia, Spencer Stueve writes in detail about each season in the team’s epic history. While Coach John Wooden built a program that won more championships than any other in America, not all of UCLA’s basketball history is about winning titles. Prior to Coach Wooden’s arrival, UCLA was one of the worst programs in America, and since his departure, UCLA has been on a never-ending search for the man to bring them back to the top. Stueve leaves no stone unturned in this comprehensive volume, describing the many highs and lows the team has encountered along the way. Readers will learn about the life of Lewis Alcindor (who changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), the dark days of Bill Walton and how he came back to life, and many other legendary players whose accomplishments have often been overshadowed, players like Gail Goodrich and Walt Hazzard. With a comprehensive all-time roster to accompany the text, this book is the perfect gift for any Bruins basketball fan!

Genre-Based Strategies to Promote Critical Literacy in Grades 4–8

Author: Danielle E. Hartsfield,Sue C. Kimmel

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440863172

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 150

View: 9397


Draws on critical and radical change theory to equip both aspiring and practicing library and teacher candidates with practical, research-based ideas for enacting critical literacy practices in middle grade libraries and classrooms. • Explains critical literacy strategies for educators to implement • Identifies characteristics of popular genres in children's literature and how to evaluate materials in those genres • Recommends titles to use in critical literacy instruction • Guides readers to develop an understanding of the theoretical perspectives underpinning critical literacy • Provides template lesson plans and tools to improve critical literacy instruction using genre strategies

Basketball Country

Author: Matthew Duquette

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1039123627

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 134

View: 6378


Basketball Country takes basketball fans on a two-week road trip through the American basketball heartland, covering NBA and college games and hitting basketball museums, famous streetball courts, and historical landmarks along the way. Through Boston, Springfield, New York City, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, and finally Kansas, this trip is fast-paced, passionate, and insightful. Set in early 2020, Basketball Country chronicles some of the last games before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the world, as well as the heartbreaking death of Kobe Bryant. From the invention of basketball and background on famous players, to photographs of noteworthy moments and recommended books and movies, Basketball Country offers a deeper dive into the game. This book will enrich any fan’s passion for basketball.

Dr. Patel's Planets

Author: N.A

Publisher: Richard Grayson

ISBN: 1105127036

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The Last Mack Standing Scriptures

Author: A King Named Mr. Mack Millon

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1665561947

Category: Fiction

Page: 494

View: 9302


The three scriptures NnThe Game of life Scriptures Playing the game of life is knowing how to roll it, live to give, give to live, the game of life has always been about unity, team work works, it’s a proven fact, that teams have won championships, everybody need everybody, cross country living will explain precisely, exactly, specifically what the game of life scriptures is all about. The Last Mack Standing Scriptures Step in smooth to lay It down thick, straight grinding, just like indigenous people do in Little Rock Arkansas, got to learn how to live, then learn how to earn, then learn how to make money work for you, then learn how to pull up shining brand new, like they say In Memphis, “this what game plus money do for you,” if you learn how to direct traffic, Memphis know the business, on some project pat type stuff, It’s all about getting life right, wealthy comfortable with longevity, and spirituality. Journey wealthy longevity scriptures Everywhere you go, be on the prowl to see if that city got benefits for you on the business tip, vehicles, homes, a new crew, or new members bringing something to the table, showing a down for life mentality, simply to qualify to be in the royal family, to contribute towards the royal family getting wealthy on the journey to longevity. Books available on kindlebooks: the philosophical philosopher presents street life philosophy written by royalty. Books available on kindlebooks: the philosophical philosopher presents the king business: the boss player association written by a king named mr. Mack millon.

Streetball is Life

Author: Paul Volponi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1538139286

Category: Streetball

Page: 176

View: 1281


"This book is an autobiographical account of the author's experiences as a 17-year-old intent on becoming a legitimate NYC streetballer at the highest level. Included as part of the narrative are the important social skills learned on the basketball court, showing readers that their time spent streetballing is meaningful beyond the sport itself"--